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Offence taking for pleasure and profit

I imagine that most of us have a visual shorthand for a number of countries and cities - Eiffel Tower for Paris, the Parthenon for Athens, the Little Mermaid for Copenhagen etc etc. Sticking my neck out, I suspect that Moscow would trigger this image:

The above being St Basil's cathedral, and a splendid looking building it is too. Anyway, Coca-Cola has got itself in trouble with adherents to Orthodoxy for "a marketing campaign showing the cross and onion-shaped church domes on outdoor refrigerators", which said orthodox consider blasphemous. C-C is standing firm, but there may well be litigation.

I do wonder quite what manner of visual shorthand the hapless Atlanta fizz merchants are supposed to use to indicate 'Russia' and 'Russian'.

Meanwhile Nizhny Novgorod means either upper - or lower - new town, if memory serves

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Anonymous grumpy granny said... 12:24 pm

Other than the Kremlin which also has a few onions, I suppose they could always use the famous grey silhouette of Lenin's head with the hammer and sickle background. I doubt a 1963 Moskvitch would quite fit the bill tough.  



Anonymous grumpy granny said... 1:48 pm

ooopps though.  



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